DENVER—Entrepreneurs in Colorado saw Shen Yun Performing Arts at Denver’s Ellie Caulkins Opera House over the weekend of Jan. 20.
Shen Yun, which is based in New York, has a mission to revive authentic, traditional Chinese culture before communism.
“The grace, the strength, the form, the power, the beauty, and the joy” are what stood out to Dr. Michael Gaeta of The Gaeta Institute.
Dr. Gaeta has been practicing Chinese medicine for 33 years, and this was his second time seeing Shen Yun.
“There’s the idea of the person—a human being—being the bridge between heaven and Earth and helping people to embody more of their innate divinity as virtue expressed in their lives. So coming from that understanding of Chinese medicine, it was beautiful to see that same message, the same principles, the same values beautifully represented in the performance,” he said.
Steve Brague, a pilot at Mountain Aviation, said Shen Yun “brings back the old China and all the dances and different geographies and cultures.”
His wife, Shannon Brague, said, “It’s very spiritual. I think it relates a lot to—they connect their lives with heaven and that spirituality and how that relates. I think just the form of dance—it’s very lyrical also. And I think it’s beautiful to watch.”
Rob Nelson, owner of Watchpoint Surveillance, said the performance was immaculate and uplifting. He and Emma Rose watched Shen Yun for the second time.
“We just really loved it. We said we’d be coming every year from now on,” Mr. Nelson said.
“It just seems like it has a really positive message. Sometimes the world really seems dark and going in a dark direction, and [the performance is] really uplifting,” Rose said.
Through classical Chinese dance, the artists portray different dynasties, ethnic groups, and stories from 5,000 years of China’s history.
Wade Hambleton, owner of The Grounds Guys of Boulder, was moved by the stories and spiritual message.
“The colors, the details, the absolute synchrony of all of the dancers is absolutely amazing,” Hambleton said.
Steven Best, retired executive director of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, also watched the performance.
“I think it’s important that all cultures get some sense and appreciation for the culture in other countries as we try to live together in this world,” Best said.
“It was great. It was very athletic and energetic—especially the flowing robes and their costumes,” said Sean Keating, associate creative director at S&P Global.
“But you just see the performers are radiant just in who they are. You can tell they have a special quality about them, which is very beautiful and very radiant. And that comes through in all of their performances. It was wonderful. Really appreciate it,” Dr. Gaeta said.
In March, Shen Yun will return to Denver and Colorado Springs, in addition to Cheyenne, Wyoming.
NTD News, Denver, Colorado